Turn your passion for sports into a career!

If you've dreamed of having fun while working, major in Sport Management at Madonna.  Starting with your introductory courses, you can expect hands-on and challenging assignments that expose you to the inner workings of the industry.  As a graduate, you will have had the necessary coursework, experiential opportunities and networking to start in this dynamic industry.  Small class sizes ensure that professors know you by name and can help direct your path. 

Combining Sport Management with another minor will make you more marketable upon graduation.  Madonna's Sport Management program prepares you for an exciting career or to pursue graduate school.


Student Success

Cali Crawford

Cali Crawford , 2008

Crawford is the Assistant Director of Athletics at Schoolcraft College and President for the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA). After playing basketball for and graduating from Madonna, she earned her Master of Science degree in sport management at EMU while serving as the Eagles’ director of basketball operations. Crawford credits Madonna professors with helping her establish goal, and her degree as the “cornerstone” of her career that helped her find her passion in life.



Post-Bachelor Certificate of Achievement

Learn the key aspects of the industry while making yourself more marketable. The specialization may speed up your ability to advance your career or allow you to change industries. You’ll gain the skills and fresh knowledge in the sports industry to allow you to make an immediate impact.

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Sport Media and Communication Minor

Supplement your major with additional instruction in digital layout, television production, media relations writing, and more, merging your passion for sports with a career in business, public relations, or a similar field.

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Faculty Bios

Nick Zoroya, Ed.D.Assistant Professor, Program Director

Ed.D Concordia University Chicago

M.A, Michigan State University

B.S. University of Michigan



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Nick Zoroya, Ed.D.

Dr. Nick Zoroya earned his B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan in 2011, before completing his Master's degree in Education with a focus on Sports Leadership and Coaching from Michigan State University in 2015.  In 2020, he completed his Ed.D in Sports Administration from Concordia University Chicago with his dissertation titled "Examining Coach Retention Methods in College Athletic Departments".

For the past thirteen years he has served a a teacher, college coach, high school athletic director, fitness manager, and the general manager of a sport digital media property.  In that time, he has worked within five college athletic departments.

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Mark S. LeeAdjunct Professor

MBA, Northwestern University

BBA, Eastern Michigan University


Mark S. Lee

Lee is President & CEO, The LEE Group (TLG), MI LLC, an independent integrated marketing consulting firm focused on providing marketing, branding and communication solutions to clients. Additionally, TLG provides training & development to organizations in the areas of branding, re-branding and communications and has advised on how to effectively implement in an integrated fashion.

Throughout his distinguished career, Lee has held marketing leadership positions locally, regionally and nationally where he was responsible for leading the strategic, marketing, communication and other-related areas focused on business strategy and growth.  He has worked for such blue-chip organizations including AAA, Pepsico, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, et. al.  Under Lee’s three-year tenure, Detroit became the #1 program in the country.

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Brad ChandlerAdjunct Professor

Brad Chandler

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Tom MurphyAdjunct Professor

B.A. University of Minnesota – Duluth


Tom Murphy

Murphy is a 35 year professional in sports, parks and recreation with expertise in facility management and construction, fiscal management and community development. He is the Facility Manager for Livonia Community Recreation Center overseeing the operation of the 130,000 square foot facility with 17,000 members and previously coordinating the $30 million renovation of the building.

Prior to Livonia, Murphy was the business manager for Farmington Hills Ice Arena, program manager for Downriver Community Conference, and held parks and recreation management positions for Royal Oak and Melvindale. He began his career working at YMCAs after completing his degree in Recreation Management with a business emphasis. Murphy is a National Recreation and Park Association Certified Parks and Recreation Professional.

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Justin SimsSuccess Coach, Professor

B.S. & B.B.A. Grand Valley State University

M.Ed. Grand Valley State University



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Justin Sims

In 2018, Justin earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from Grand Valley State University.  Justin then went on to earn a Masters in Education degree from Grand Valley State University while working as a Graduate Assistant Academic Advisor.

After graduation, Justin began working at Madonna University in 2021 as an Enrollment Center Specialist and Records Specialist within the Office of the Registrar before beginning his role as Advisor/Success Coach in January 2022.

Justin is passionate about advocating for students on campus and encouraging them to feel empowered and confident in pursing their educational and personals goals here at Madonna University.

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